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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a lively chat about books, movies, music, television, comics and pretty much anything else that strikes a nerve, all in a weekly roundtable from NPR. Features "Monkey See" blogger Linda Holmes and an occasionally rowdy cast of characters. Join the club at NPR.org/pchh.More from Pop Culture Happy Hour »

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LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers smiles during a game against the New York Knicks on Oct. 30, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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The Giant Foam Finger: Why Sports Fans Hate

In this episode of the Giant Foam Finger, Stephen Thompson and Gene discuss the athletes people hate — and try to get at why.

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Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in Trainwreck.

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Trainwreck And Ant-Man

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Mike Katzif discuss Trainwreck, the romantic comedy from Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow. Then they'll discuss Marvel's Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Mr. Peanutbutter (Paul F. Thompkins) and BoJack Horseman (Will Arnett).

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BoJack Horseman And People We're Pulling For

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Mike Katzif chat about the Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman. Then they'll return to one of our favorite segments, people we're pulling for. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell.

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Introducing: The Giant Foam Finger

Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby kick off our new sports series, The Giant Foam Finger. In our first episode, Stephen and Gene talk about '4th and 26,' an NFL play so infamous it has its own Wikipedia page.

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Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key.

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Key & Peele And Pop Culture Critters

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Code Switch's Gene Demby talk about the sketch comedy show Key & Peele. Plus, Minions opens this weekend, so the gang decides to talk about pop culture critters, including Ewoks, Gremlins, and and more. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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A Series T-800 Robot in Terminator Genisys.

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Small Batch: Terminator Genisys

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Glen Weldon talks with Chris Klimek about Terminator Genisys, the latest film in the long-running sci-fi action franchise.

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Magic Mike XXL And Catastrophe

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Margaret Willison discuss Magic Mike XXL. Then they'll discuss Catastrophe, a relationship comedy that is now streaming on Amazon. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Small Batch: Audiobooks With Our Favorite Librarian

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Margaret Willison chat about why they love audiobooks, and share a few of their favorites.

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Judy Blume's In The Unlikely Event and Lifetime's UnREAL.

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Margaret H. Willison discuss Judy Blume's new adult novel In The Unlikely Event. Then they'll discuss Lifetime's new scripted drama UnREAL, a biting look at a reality show that closely resembles The Bachelor. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) catch a ride on the Train of Thought in Disney and Pixar's Inside Out.

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Inside Out, And Moms And Dads In Love

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Kat Chow discuss the new Disney and Pixar film Inside Out. Spoiler alert: they all loved it, and Stephen cried. Then they'll discuss the romantic lives of moms and dads, and whether if pop culture can let those things coexist. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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